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Problems in fluid mechanics involving complex flow simulations require far more speed and capacity than that provided by current and proposed Class VI supercomputers. To address this concern, the Navier-Stokes Computer (NSC) was developed. The NSC is a parallel-processing machine, comprised of individual Nodes, each comparable in performance to current supercomputers. The global architecture is that of a hypercube, and a 128-Node NSC has been designed. The performance of the NSC scales almost linearly with the number of Nodes. New architectural features, such as a reconfigurable many-function ALU pipeline and a multifunction memory-ALU switch, have provided the capability to efficiently implement a wide range of algorithms. To illustrate the architecture, programming, and several of the capabilities of the NSC, the simulation of two-dimensional nonsteady viscous flows on a prototype Node, called the miniNode, is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-445
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Applied Mechanics Division, AMD
StatePublished - 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering


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